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Hunting criminals with artificial intelligence

China’s judicial authorities are to increasingly integrate artificial intelligence (AI) into the domestic legal system, according to a work report by China’s Supreme People’s Court (SPC). AI can help make court decisions more unchallengeable, court procedures more efficient, and overall strengthen the judiciary’s credibility, it says. The push is part of the so-called “smart court” (智慧 法院) initiative to be promoted under China’s 14th Five-Year Plan. China’s Ministry of Science and Technology said as early as 2019, it would invest around $126 million in the sector.

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